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Muse on Booze

Welcome to our blog where we …errr, have a muse on booze.

Sammy and Jymi are just a couple of dudes who love the odd drink and also love to rate stuff, as we all do hey? So why not combine the two.

We review a beer every week and post it each weekend. So keep those eyes peeled now won’t you. As time ticks on we’ll be doing a few other booze related bits and bobs too, so again. EYES. PEELED!

See soon..

TWITTER: @museonbooze

 

MOB SQUAD: BIG WAVE

The MOB SQUAD say...

 

Yum Yum Scrum: FRUITY, SMOOTH, DELICIOUS, LIGHT, LIVELY – 92%

Mr. Reebo: EASY, SMOOTH, LIGHT, GENERIC, DRINKABLE – 60%

Lava: FAINT, SILKY, QUENCHING, MOREISH, FINE – 85%

Capone: REFRESHING, LINGERING, SMOOTH, TERRIFIC, WINNER – 89%

Skeletor: CRISP, GRAPEFRUIT, PALE, SESSIONABLE, EPIC – 89%

Doc: LIGHT, FRUITY, REFRESHING, BITTER-ISH, AWESOME – 88%

PanthBrew: LIVELY, DISTINGUISHED, REFRESHING, NONCHALANT, ZESTY – 87%

Mrs. Reebo: NICE, LIGHT, WATERY, FRUITY, MEMORABLE – 79%

VK: CRUSHABLE, GENIUS, SILK, ZESTY, ART – 95%

Tulane: LIGHT, CRISP, DULL, GRAPEFRUIT, YAWN – 66%

cWobble: CLEVER, FRESH, JUICY, MOREISH, GONE – 82%

 

MOB SQUAD RATING: 83.09%

 

Thanks goes to the MOB SQUAD from  Sammy & Jymi for taking the time to share those thoughts. Though, let’s be fair, there are harder things to be doing eh?!

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MOB SQUAD’S NEXT OUTING IS ON JANUARY 10th 2020 AND WILL BE JAIPUR by THORNBRIDGE

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BEER IS BETTER TOGETHER

BIG WAVE

BREWER: Kona Brewing Co., Hawaii

STYLE: Golden Ale

ABV: 4.4%

VESSEL: 355ml bottle

TWITTER: @KonaBrewingCo

INSTAGRAM: konabrewingco

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Big Wave has to be one of the most understated beers that I think I have ever consumed let alone reviewed. I have known in the back of my mind for some time that Kona brew some decent pop as I have had the odd one over the years and the word on beer street is that these specific Pacific kids know precisely what they are up to. So when I broke the lid off of the beautifully embossed bottle and finally got stuck into my test and review two thing immediately hit me.

First off, where had half of my beer gone?

Well, oddly, I had drunk it. To say this Golden Ale is refreshing, juicy and instantly crushable is an understatement (literally three visits to the glass and it was GONE).

Secondly, I was a little taken aback by the lack of hard hitting flavour. It tasted great but wasn’t all up in your face like I had maybe expected it to be. I had to go searching a little for what Big Wave was offering up flavour wise but once discovered oh very my my was I taken aback once more!!!

This is an insanely good brew!!

Big Dub is so very smooth and so very crisp with lime and grapefruit notes subtly meandering around the whole tasting experience. There is a soft sweetness to this masterstroke of an ale that is then finished off by a very slight almost undetectable bitter hint. The whole invention just works in perfect harmony and is just an absolute wonder of a thing.

This may not be a big obvious hitter but what it is is total genius and I really can’t say more than that.

Liquid Aloha ♥

Jymi’s Rating: 90%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

I’m going to start by saying that I’ve never been to Hawaii before. It’s not that I don’t want to; I’d love to. But, let’s be fair, its a long way to go and quite costly at that! However, if I had of been to Hawaii, then I reckon Big Wave would be a pretty good reflection of such a trip.
Big Wave looks like it comes from Hawaii and it sounds like it comes from Hawaii. And that’s a good thing. But it has much more going for it than just it’s clever marketing…
You see Big Wave has it all. Its got a great nose, which is actually incredibly refreshing. It’s not heavy on tropical aromas and you may find this surprising for a beer that you might think would have a tropical aroma, given its origin and all. It’s also quite unusual to describe an aroma as refreshing, but that’s exactly what it is.
And then you drink Big Wave. And wow, it’s good. It’s subtle on the flavours, which some may find a little disappointing, but not me. But this light flavouring makes it incredibly refreshing. In fact, a couple of sips in and I’m heading to the fridge for another. It’s well balanced with light fruity hints that are almost non-existent. They’re there just enough to keep you interested.
Big Wave has it’s roots in Hawaii and that’s exactly what it tastes like. And I love it.

Sammy’s Rating: 92%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 91%

 

MOB review next weekend: HOPPIT by LODDON BREWERY

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MOB SQUAD’S VIEWS ON BIG WAVE ARE COMING…NOW!!

Take a look. It’s a new idea we are going to run with for now. Let’s see where we end up. If you want to get involved with MOB SQUAD then send us an email (museonbooze@gmail.com) or hit us up on Instagram or Twitter and we will let you know the next steps.

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KNIGHT OF THE GARTER

BREWER: Windsor & Eton Brewery, Berkshire

STYLE: Golden Ale

ABV: 3.8%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle

TWITTER: @windsoretonbrew

INSTAGRAM: windsoretonbrewery

 

JYMI SAY’S…

So next week the MOB SQUAD turn up to offer their thoughts on BIG WAVE by KONA BREWING CO.

The way it is going to work is that Sammy and I will do the same as we normally do each week but running along side of that will be a collective team named MOB SQUAD, obvs. They will be putting forward their individual thoughts on BW but in only 5 words, plus a percentage score that will go towards a collective percentage rating. It’ll make more sense once live next week.

So to get into the spirit of this I’m going to limit my review of KOTG to 5 words per topic I want to bring up. Even though the MOB SQUADERS are limited to 5 words total it’s kinda on script…  kinda.

Anyway, KNIGHT OF THE GARTER

PACKAGING: Disappointing, Underwhelming, Unnoticeable, Weak, Fun.

NOSE: Beery, Prominent, Classic, Fresh, Nostalgic.

TASTE: Light, Smooth, Citrus, Sessionable, Great.

Go get one!! And if in that there Windsor get to their tap room, it will not disappoint.

Jymi’s Rating: 75%

 

SAMMY SAY’S… 

Golden ales can be middle of the road. Often at times they sit somewhere in the beer wilderness, not doing too much. They can be beery but lacking in personality. This may seem a little harsh, but it’s true.

And then we have Knight of the Garter from Windsor and Eton Brewery. It most certainly isn’t middle of the road. It’s an exceptional golden ale. Actually, it’s an exceptional beer full stop.

Windsor and Eton Brewery has packed citrus flavour into this brew. It’s crisp and refreshing, perfectly balanced with hops and acidity. And this runs all the way from the nose through to the sipping and onto the aftertaste. This magical balance makes Knight of the Garter really drinkable. It’s a pleasure to have in hand.

Just a note to the creatives at W and E – the label could do with a little bit of a brush up. Apart from that this is a top drawer beer.

Knight of the Garter epitomises what a beer should be. And I cannot wait to have the next one!

Sammy’s Rating: 89%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 82%

 

MOB review next weekend: BIG WAVE by KONA BREWING CO.

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… and yes, the freshly assembled MOB SQUAD will be offering their words on this beer too.

 

GYLE 59 IPA

BREWER: Gyle 59, Dorset

STYLE: IPA 

ABV: 5.3%

VESSEL: 500ml bottle 

TWITTER: @Gyle59brew

INSTAGRAM: gyle59

 

JYMI SAY’S…

I’m really loving how different this beer is from packaging to taste and nose to look in glass. It’s not weird different. It’s not controversial different. It’s not trying too hard different. But it is… different.

The packaging is fantastic. It’s neither breathtaking nor thought provoking. It’s not daring or unconventional and there isn’t a skull in sight (this isn’t a dig at Beavertown, I tried to give Gamma Ray 33 points for packaging I seem to remember). But it is striking. The subtle Gyle 59 circles logo, shape of bottle and gorgeous green label make this brew a real sight for sore eyes.

In the glass this IPA hardly looks like a beer at all but more like a high end freshly squeezed apple juice.

Texture wise this brew is again not really like a beer but more like chilled quality still water. The mouth feel is absolutely exceptional.

Now the taste of this ale is a really tricky one. I like it, in fact I really like it, but it is very bitter. And I mean VERY BITTER!! To be totally honest there is tonnes of flavour coming out of Gyle 59’s IPA but picking out what that flavour was proved impossible for me as I couldn’t get beyond the cheek splitting bitterness. But as I said, I really like it.

This IPA is a total move away from the norm without being out there. Gyle 59 have dared to be different and my has it worked out.

Beaver cocked.

Jymi’s Rating: 77%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

A lot of thought has gone into Gyle 59’s IPA. Before even chilling the bottle, you can’t help but notice the detailed information on the bottle. What this says very clearly, is this company care about their beers. This in turn, builds hope because companies that care about their beers, usually brew good uns.
It is notable that Gyle 59’s IPA is bottle conditioned. On opening, you’re hit with the most earthy, sweet and hoppy aroma. And the colour as you pour it is mid-amber. But the biggest give away to the quality of the beer is the cloudiness.
This IPA is great to drink. The lack of carbonation is a welcome break (a little like the service station) from the norm. The liveliness of the flavour, which is sharp upfront, followed by long bitterness, changes with each sip. You’d expect nothing less from such a well thought out product. This is genuinely a revelation to drink and it’s refreshingly different.
For something a little different in a bottle, this is well worth getting your hands on. Gyle 59 are clearly proud of their products, and so they should be. The quality of this brew and this product shines through.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 85%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 81% 

 

MOB review next weekend: KNIGHT OF THE GARTER by WINDSOR & ETON BREWERY

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ON NOVEMBER 8th THE PIONEERING MEMBERS OF MOB SQUAD WILL BE LETTING YOU KNOW THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE BEER THAT SAMMY AND JYMI WILL ALSO BE REVIEWING

 

 

 

VOE

BREWER: Swannay Brewery, Orkney

STYLE: Stout

ABV: 5%

VESSEL: 330ml tin

TWITTER: @SwannayBrewery

INSTAGRAM: swannaybrewery

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

Surely everyone loves some bright colours? And if you don’t, then go and have a quiet word with yourself and try to understand why you should like them. It’s plain to see the team at Swannay Brewery like them – and rightly so. They’ve made them stand out on Voe and it really works.
But then you open the can and pour it out and you are faced with a stout. Which begs the question, do bright colours belong on a stout can?
To begin with, I find it slightly misleading…
But then I get into the drinking and realise that it does work. These bright colours do belong with this stout.
Voe has bags of flavour. It’s on the sweeter side for a stout and that makes it different. It’s slightly nutty and has a light burnt coffee taste. Overall, it gives a light warming feeling.
Usually, stout is an autumnal/wintery beverage for me. Voe, though, could work anytime of the year. And that means its bright colours are well-earned. Good job Swannay Brewery – you’ve brought some colour to stout!

 

Sammy’s Rating: 78%

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Stout, in a bright multicoloured tin, really?

Well yeah, really, it’s happening in front of your very eyes so you better believe it.

I love it!!

But not all will. I guarantee if our pal Ralph the landlord was gifted a tray of these to trial on his local customers he would in fact chuck the whole tray in the canal (followed by some cash in sealed weighted bags that he was trying to hide from the tax man and retrieve at a later date).

This packaging really won’t be for the traditionalists and many will say it’s just the craft beer lot being zany but for me it’s good to see the breaking of a mould. It’s so different that you could understand folk idling by thinking that this wasn’t a stout at all. It’s only when you read the small words printed on the label, Smooth Oat Stout, that you realise what you’re in for.

And what you’re in for is very good indeed!

Voe brings you a very smooth, very light and very tasty drinking experience. This is yet another surprise to be fair as the nose is of deep cherry chocolate. The initial taste could probably be described as thin but this is fine because it is followed by a creamy delight and then a faint smoky aftertaste.

This is a lovely beer, yes it’s lacking a flavour explosion but that is almost it’s genius.

Jymi’s Rating: 83%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 80.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: GYLE 59 IPA by GYLE 59

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MOB SQUAD IN THREE WEEKS

 

 

SECRET DES MOINES

BREWER: Brasserie Goudale, Hauts-de-France

STYLE: Tripel

ABV: 8%

VESSEL: 75cl bottle

TWITTER: @La_Goudale

INSTAGRAM: brasserie.goudale

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Normally, when someone stumbles across or invents something great they keep the process of how to create it to themselves so only they can produce it for the consumers of the world. I’m talking about the likes of Big Mac sauce, Colonel Saunders spice mix and Meat Liquor’s chilli burger patty mix, you know, important stuff. The Tripel we have up for review here is the same. Those crafty monks produced Secret of the Monks centuries ago and kept how they did it tucked away deep in their habits. But somehow somewhere the info getters over at Goudale got their tenacious mitts on this beer recipe and went about producing it for us, the modern day beer consumer.

And I for one am glad they did. Because, you can tell why this was kept a secret for so long. Going back to the beginning of this blurb, it’s because it’s great. In fact it’s beyond that…

Hidden behind the abundance of bitter sweet fruity flavour is a subtle aromatic spice that leaves you so very content with every sip. The taste is strong which isn’t surprising from an 8% blonde but doesn’t detract from the outstanding flavour. The colour in the glass is a fantastic pale gold that makes Secret des Moines look irresistible. All coming out of an incredible looking traditional 75cl pop lid bottle.

Unlike a Big Mac this is not something to devour in less than 30 seconds but one to sit back and savour whilst reflecting on the amazing things that this world can bring us. Secret des Moines being one of them.

Jymi’s Rating: 86%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

In 2017, Secret Des Moines was the France winner of the World Beer Awards. That’s quite a reputation to live up to but it does give an insight into the quality of this beer even before it is opened. And, like some other continental traditional beers, it comes packaged with no attention to quality spared. The 750ml bottle with the Grolsch style opener makes for a great sharer and adds to the sense of occasion.

The nose is light and sweet, which reminds me of a summer’s day in a floral garden. It conjures up images of freshly cut grass, bees humming in the background all topped off with a gentle cooling glass of the finest beer. All of this is made all the more real by the fantastic colour in the glass. It’s pure temptation.
Secret Des Moines doesn’t hold back in the flavour department either. The sweet, sugary front-up taste is quickly supported by the short sharp bitter honey after burn. Together, they make a great combination and thoroughly enjoyable beer.
It’s not hard to see why this beer is so highly acclaimed. Secret Des Moines is a class act and is one to be cherished on many a special occasion. Share it, or enjoy it alone, and you won’t be disappointed. Pick up one of these as the first beer of the evening and you’ll be very happy. More than that may be a little too much.
But there’s always the next night…

 

Sammy’s Rating: 88%

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 87%

 

MOB review next weekend: VOE by SWANNAY BREWERY

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VUUR & VLAM

IT’S OUR SECOND BIRTHDAY TODAY AND WE’VE STUMBLED ACROSS A BEAUT! AND IT’S ONLY GORN AND BROKEN INTO THE TOP TEN!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US.

VUUR & VLAM

BREWER: Brouwerij de Molen, South Holland  

STYLE: IPA

ABV: 6.2%

VESSEL: 33cl bottle

TWITTER: @molenbier 

INSTAGRAM: molenbier

 

JYMI SAY’S…

Our label has an abundance of information about this beer for us to absorb, and all very precise. We’re told to drink at 7º Celsius. We’re informed that pils and caramel malts are used. We’re told the bitter cascade hop is used as well as the dry hops of Amarillo, Columbus, Chinook and Citra. We’re informed that it is an unpasteurised and strong beer, backed up by the fact that 6.2 alc./vol. is also mentioned. We’re told we have an EBC (colour) measurement of 21 and an EBU (bitterness) measurement of 63. We also have the English translation of Vuur & Vlam given too us… Fire & Flames. But once we get to the bottom of our label we are finally told what type of beer this is. It’s an IPA. But oddly this South Holland brewer has stuck ISH just after the description. Not particularly precise.

India Pale Ale – ish ? How very odd.

But to be honest once I’d opened the bottle and had a good ol’ sniff and a large ol’ gulp I couldn’t have given two hoots about the ish thing because what I had in front of me was an finely packaged ale that smelled fantastic and tasted great, really really great.

The nose was one of beautiful caramel which I would never bore of and the taste is a tropical caramel delight. Texture wise even though V&V is highly carbonated it is also somehow wildly smooth.

My one criticism is that it is just lacking a little bit of umph. Possibly lacking, ironically you could say, Fire & Flames…

This is a genuinely wonderful beer and with just a little injection of F&F it would have blown the roof of the MOB testing hut clean off.

Jymi’s Rating: 85%

 

SAMMY SAY’S…

There are lively beers and then there are lively beers. Vuur and Vlam is a lively beer. Actually, it is more alive than a dog on heat. And we all know how lively that can be (cue memories of your neighbour’s dog awkwardly humping your leg as you casually try to shake it off both literally and socially). The head keeps on growing in the glass – more so than any other beer that I’ve seen before. You have to be careful that you don’t lose this one to its head. As the saying goes, its gone to its head.
Besides its liveliness, the story of this Vuur and Vlam is one of caramel. It’s caramel in colour, it’s caramel on the nose and it’s caramel on the palate. And behind the caramel and liveliness, is a refreshing quencher that manages your thirst like ice-cold water does on a hot summer’s day.
Vuur and Vlam is a versatile beer and,dangerously, its alcohol content is masked by the clever brew used on this ale. Although some may view its lack of bitter follow through, I see this as a strength of the beer. It gives it that refreshing feeling mentioned earlier on.
It’s fair to say that I really like this beer. It has so much going for it and, I believe, that it would satisfy many-a-beer drinker. Vuur and Vlam sits well in the world of beers. As Jymi said, “Very good beer that”.
Job done.

 

Sammy’s Rating: 86%

 

MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 85.5%

 

MOB review next weekend: SECRET DES MOINES by BRASSERIE GOUDALE

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NEXT MONTH, THE MOB SQUAD TRIAL BEGINS